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Treatment Options for Dry AMD

There are no medical treatments for dry macular degeneration but there is one procedure that may help to improve your central vision.

Because of the lack of treatments, it is important for you to control your risk factors.  We know that certain lifestyle factors can contribute to the development and progress of AMD, while others may slow down the process. You can learn more about those HERE.

Research shows that people with AMD who take charge of their lives, use support groups and seek vision rehabilitation, deal with vision problems much better. Your doctor may recommend a specific vitamin, which slowed the progression of the disease in research performed by the National Eye Institute. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study(AREDS) has resulted in many eye vitamins that can help.

The good news is the amount of research underway to find treatments is increasing.  To see a list of clinical trials for dry AMD, Click Here.

Implantable Miniature Telescope

While there are no medical treatments for dry macular degeneration, there is a procedure available that may help you to see better.  It involves a surgery to remove the natural lens of the eye and replace it with a miniature telescope.  This is followed by an extensive training program to learn how to function with the magnified vision provided by the device.

The telescope implant has been shown to improve vision and quality of life in people with severe vision loss from age-related macular degeneration.  It is available to those with "End-Stage" AMD, which means that both eyes are affected with advanced AMD, with vision that is referred to as "legal blindness".   Not everyone who has End-Stage AMD is a candidate.  For instance, you cannot have the procedure in an eye that has already had cataract surgery.

The telescope implant helps by using healthy areas of the retina to see instead of the degenerated central portion - the macula. The CentraSight treatment involves four steps: 1) diagnosis, 2) candidate screening, 3) implantation and 4) rehabilitation.  The eye with the implant will see a larger image of the center of vision than the other eye.  The implanted eye will lose peripheral vision, so the peripheral vision in the other eye must be used to safely walk around.  It is this difference in vision that requires training by a low vision specialist in order to learn to use the implant.

For more information about the implantable telescope and to see if you may be a candidate, talk to your doctor and visit CentraSight.


Unproven Treatments

You may hear about treatments or cures for dry macular degeneration.  There is no cure and some treatments being offered are not proven to be of benefit.

Acupuncture Print E-mail
Share Share Acupuncture is a popular and valuable tool for a variety of ailments. Macular degeneration may or may not be one of them.
Microcurrent Stimulation Print E-mail
Share Share Microelectrical stimulation is being promoted as a therapy for the early stages of AMD. It has not undergone any formal research trials and is unproven.
Rheopheresis Print E-mail
Share Share Rheopheresis is still an unproven therapy for dry macular degeneration.  In clinical trials, it was shown to be a safe procedure but the visual results were not conclusive.




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